Amanda Nunes crushes Ronda Rousey's comeback dreams at UFC 207
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In less than one minute, Ronda Rousey’s hope of reclaiming the UFC women’s bantamweight title after a year on the shelf were dashed by the powerful hands of Amanda Nunes.
Nunes (14-4) defeated Rousey by TKO in just 48 seconds in the main event of UFC 207 in the first defense of the title she won by cruising through past Rousey rival Miesha Tate at UFC 200.
The champion was aggressive in battering Rousey (12-2) who seemed content to stand, never attempting to take the fight to the mat. After a hard right hand connected, Nunes landed right after left after right, causing the defenseless Rousey, bleeding from the nose and red in the face, to stumble backward, weakly attempting to grab the cage to prevent her fall.
It was an easy stoppage for referee Herb Dean and a shocking one-sided ending leading to more questions about Rousey’s future than ever.
As Rousey notably did no media leading into the fight, there was much discussion instead about her impressive physical appearance. She had the signature scowl and walk to the cage, but this wasn’t anywhere close to the Rousey seen during her incredible run that began to crumble when Holly Holm upset her for the title in November 2015.
Rousey did no post-fight promo and left the cage without barely acknowledging Nunes or doing any type of interview, leaving most to question if this was the final fight of her career.
Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez will discuss the event in totality on Wrestling Observer Radio, available for subscribers early Sunday morning.